Innovation for a Better World – ABB kicks off 4th university innovation contest

Beijing, May 5, 2015 – With the theme “Innovation for a Better World”, ABB kicked off its 4th university innovation contest (UIC2015) yesterday. The contest sets up 3 topics related to power and automation technologies: "interconnections of energy", "intelligent manufacturing with internet+", and "smart home". Students can choose one of the topics and propose innovative ideas and designs about the future development prospects of relevant technologies, products and solutions.

Since its launch in 2012, UIC has attracted the participation of around 6,000 students from 500 universities. Aiming to ignite university students’ innovative thinking and to cultivate local talent, ABB hopes UIC2015 will generate more innovative ideas and attract the top talents of tomorrow to the power and automation industry.

“Through UIC, ABB hopes to use cutting-edge topics in the power and automation industry to ignite young people’s innovative thinking in regards to smart technology within the Internet of Things, Services and People, so as to jointly pave the way to a better world. Talent is crucial to the development of any company and ABB hopes to utilize UIC and a variety of other university-enterprise collaborations to identify and cultivate innovative talents. Doing so will inject a constant flow of energy into the long-term development of the industry,” said Dr. Chunyuan Gu, Chairman and President of ABB (China) Limited.

Cooperation with universities is another way ABB promotes technology research and innovation. In recent years, ABB has invested more than 10 million yuan to support basic research of Chinese universities, and collaborated with around 20 universities including the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Tsinghua University, Zhejiang University, and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology on various research projects, which covered different areas of power and automation technology such as industrial robots, renewables and industrial nanotechnology.

This year’s UIC coincides with the 10th anniversary of the ABB Corporate Research Center in China. ABB’s R&D team in China has grown rapidly and has been deeply involved in a number of significant projects, demonstrating an increasingly stronger R&D ability such as "Dragon" IRB 120, the world's fastest and most accurate six-axis robot; ±800 kV HVDC transmission technologies; and YuMi, the world's first truly collaborative robot that will make human-robot collaboration a reality. In early 2015, Global Science ranked ABB (China) Limited among the "Top 10 Innovative Multinational Companies of 2014", a strong recognition of ABB’s R&D capabilities and achievements.

ABB also provides scholarships for students through the "ABB – New Great Wall Fund" and the “ABB Jürgen Dormann Foundation for Engineering Education”, helping to cultivate talents for both industry and society as a whole. Students majoring in electrical engineering and automation at Chinese universities can apply for these scholarships to help them complete their studies. In April 2015, ABB announced the establishment of the “ABB Research Award in Honor of Hubertus von Gruenberg”. Named after ABB’s outgoing chairman, the award recognizes outstanding PhD research that makes creative use of software, electronics or new materials, to pave the way towards groundbreaking industrial solutions.

The review panel of UIC2015 is composed of ABB China’s internal and external experts. Participants in UIC2015 must be enrolled full-time undergraduate, post-graduate or doctoral students in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao or Taiwan. UIC2015 includes first, second, and third-prize scholarships provided by ABB. The finals are scheduled to be held at the end of August 2015. All finalists will be eligible to receive an internship or job opportunity at ABB China.

The deadline for UIC2015 registration and work submission is July 19. Dates for the finals and awards ceremony will be announced in early August. For more information, please visit

ABB is a Global 500 company and a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility, industry, and transport and infrastructure customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in roughly 100 countries and employs about 140,000 people. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with 19,000 employees, 39 local companies, and an extensive sales and service network across 126 cities.

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